Let’s talk about fleas!

Fleas can affect dogs, cats and even rabbits too. They are usually transmitted from affected animals but can be brought into your home environment on your shoes or clothes. 

How do I know if my pet is affected?

Itching or excessive scratching. 

  • Bald patches or short patches of fur. 
  • ‘Flea dirt’ – small black specks found in your pets fur. 
  • Some pets can be allergic to flea saliva and may excessively chew and have red and sore skin. 

A bit about a fleas lifecycle

Fleas mainly live in your home and just jump on your pet to feed, they lay eggs in your home and these hatch out into worm like larvae. These larvae go into a ‘pupae’ stage and can stay dormant for up to a year. This stage of the lifecycle is difficult to kill with most household sprays. The pupae stage responds to heat and vibrations of a passing animal to emerge as a flea. Each flea can lay up to 200 eggs! Fleas feed off blood from your pet and although it is usually not enough to cause your pet harm, in very young animals or unwell animals a large flea infestation could make them anaemic. 

How to treat your pet for fleas

Because 95% off the fleas live in the home we recommend making sure your treat your home with a household flea spray. We advise you to hoover around first and create a warm environment to wake that pupal stage up! Make sure you treat all rooms even if your pet does not normally go into them and consider treating places like the car if your dog goes in there a lot. Remove the bag from your vacuum post treatment ands throw it in your outside bin. 

  • Treat all your pets not just the pet you have found fleas on as it is likely that all your pets will be affected, contact your vet for advice on the most appropriate treatments that we would recommend. Always use a species specific treatment and follow any instructions that are given to you. 
  • Fleas are a known carrier of tape worm so we would recommend discussing an appropriate worming treatment that you can use alongside your flea treatment. 

Prevention is better than cure! Please contact us to discuss a regular flea treatment protocol that suits you and your pets needs to keep those pesky fleas away. 

A full flea and worming protocol is also available as part of our healthcare plan.

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Unfortunately, due to lack of staff cover, we are unable to open on the morning of Saturday 11th May.

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Monday morning to book appointments.

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Monday 27th May Bank Holiday
The Vet Clinic is closed on all English Bank Holidays – including Monday 27th May

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Tuesday morning to book appointments.

Monday 6th May Bank Holiday
The Vet Clinic is closed on all English Bank Holidays – including Monday 6th May

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Tuesday morning to book appointments.

Unfortunately, due to lack of staff cover, we are unable to open on the morning of Saturday 11th May.

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Monday morning to book appointments.

Unfortunately, due to lack of staff cover, we are unable to open on the morning of Saturday 27th April.

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Monday morning to book appointments.

Unfortunately, due to lack of staff cover, we are unable to open on the morning of Saturday 20th April.

If you have any concerns about your pet please contact our Out of Hours Provider Willows Veterinary Centre

Willows Veterinary Centre 0121 712 7071

Highlands Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4NH

We will be open as normal from Monday morning to book appointments.